SOURCES OF SUPPORT – RSABI Scotland

Supporting people in Scottish Agriculture Today we catch up with Nina Clancy, Chief Executive of RSABI, a charity dating back to 1897 and providing financial and practical support and friendship to over 600 individuals and their families across a range of occupations with the common theme of working on the land in Scotland. As we

“That’s just farming…”

Following our December newsletter, we received a very personal account of one young farmer’s experience of the danger of pushing man and machine beyond acceptable limits. Although anonymous, he has agreed to share his thoughts on the stresses of modern day farming in the UK and the lessons we can learn from across the world.

ACTION HEROES – Cornwall YFC #MyMindMatters

Our second action hero of the day is Ben Cavill, Chairman of Cornwall YFC who is using his influence to help create a culture in farming that promotes positive mental health and encourages people to open up and talk. Ben explains more… “I want to use my position as the Chairman of Cornwall’s largest rural

ACTION HEROES – YANA

Today we celebrate local heroes, those rural support groups, organisations and individuals who are going the extra mile to help those in their communities. First up, the wonderful YANA based in Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcestershire. Melinda Raker, Patron of YANA explains why she firmly believes that YOU ARE NOT ALONE – we are in this

LOVE RURAL?

In today’s final blog, NFU Mutual’s Social Media Manager, Hannah Ratcliff, outlines some interesting insights from their recent Love Rural survey and whilst it’s essential to understand that rural isolation and loneliness can have a profound impact on those living in the countryside, it’s also important to recognise the importance of those key elements that

Staying Connected

Do you work in farming? Drive tractors? Tend animals? If so, you probably spend more and more time alone. Modern machinery is full of automation such that you can spend hours alone in the tractor without seeing or hearing from anyone all day. Nor can you contact anyone, because there is no signal in the

All By Myself?

Friendship is like food. We need it to survive. What’s more, we seem to have a basic drive for it. Psychologists find that human beings have fundamental need for inclusion in group life and for close relationships. We are truly social animals. And in farming this can present a problem Obviously, there are circumstances when

Why this matters…

Since 2018, we have been raising awareness of a serious issue facing our farming community – poor mental health. The farming industry faces many stress factors, which are placing increasing pressure on our workers and putting them at greater risk of mental ill health. These include extended amounts of time working in isolation, a blurring

Getting Past your Past – Conquering Anxiety and Dealing with PTSD

In today’s blog, renowned experts Nik and Eva Speakman give us an insight into post-traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD) something that has been traditionally associated with military personnel but can be commonplace in farming. The Speakmans have studied human behaviour together for over 20 years and run their own therapy business helping people overcome a range

Smile, though your heart is breaking…

Smiling depression: appearing happy on the outside while feeling depressed inside. This is a dangerous condition to have and why we need to pay attention. By Olivia Remes, Researcher at University of Cambridge Smiling depression is a difficult condition to deal with. It refers to looking happy on the outside while inside feeling depressed. Internet